The New Year & Me…… (Carrot Apple Soup)

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It really hasn’t been easy…this year.
Actually I am not sure…
But I don’t think it could get worse…
So at least that…can be checked off as a good thing.
(If I was keeping score)

This whole summer I have been trying my darnedest
To live in the moment…
As I quietly chant the AA mantra….
Except the things I can not change…Yada Yada yawn…
Easy to do when your feet are propped up on the warm sand as the cool ocean breeze blows her cathartic air…

Summer is over & Rosh Hashanah is around the corner…literally.
Time to start checking things off…no more excuses. (Get or no Get at this point)
I need to do something…to pull me out of this limbo, that is now my life…

With my 40th birthday looming in a few months
I decided to start with things that I thought there would be no way
(like not even when pigs fly …kinda way)
I would ever do…

So yesterday, I signed up for my first marathon!
(Enter explicative here) am I doing?
Ok half marathon.
But this chick can barley run 5 minutes let alone 13 miles as of today…
So this New Year & me…
Well, we are in for a doozy ride!

In my mind…
I am a runner..I mean I watch those people on the boardwalk running…
& I think yeah…me too sister.
The envy deep for their agile healthy fit glow…that exudes off them.
Runners are just different…you can feel it with every thump of their sneakered feet…
Deep down knowing….that I am not that “type” of person.

Yet, recently the bug to check off that bucket list item…run a marathon…
Has been crawling it’s way into my psyche.
It’s not about the “type” of person…
But more about the person who just does…the best she can…
I use to be that girl…

Fear, sadness, finances, divorce, lack of trust, shaken confidence….has overwhelmed me this year
& more so than I ever could have anticipated…
And I am trying my hardest to not let it do so
In this New Year…

So…I made a deal…
I will start checking off things that I made excuses about…
& this New Year is going to cut me some slack…& be kinder to me.
It’s going to be the year…
I finally get that (runner) glow!

This being said…I am hoping
All my fingers & toes crossed…that I don’t fall flat on my face.
Running…training to run over the next few months …going to be intense.
But I am going to do it.
Please god…I am sooo going to do it.

One of the reasons I signed up was
Because of this kid Eli & his story.
If I am going to be a little less narcissistic as too my reasoning for running
This kid truly deserves everyone tying up their shoelaces
& hitting the pavement.
I am beyond glad I get to do it for him.
It is in his honor & his courage…that teaches me the lesson
Time is short…start moving…

I am looking forward to the aching feet
The getting in shape (bonus!!)
The nights I curse myself…what the heck did I get myself in to moments..
Because
I know
When I cross that finish line…
The relief.
The joy.
The big pat on my back -from myself…
Will be beyond awesome.
& I need to feel that…
That awesomeness…

Soooo my friends, family, blogging family of readers…
This is the best & worst part of signing up…
My need to appeal…
I hope you will help me as well.
Not just in moral support – believe me I am going to need a lot of that in the upcoming weeks.
(No matter how I plead…DO NOT LET ME QUIT!!)
But in help sponsoring me & raising the money for Eli
(All 100% tax deductible by the way)
Please show me & Eli the love…
& start this New Year with a bang!!

Wishing all of you the gloriest of Holidays…
May Hashem grant us all Happy Healthy Sweet New Years!!

Carrot Apple Potato Soup
I give you all my favorite and easiest Rosh Hashanah recipe. This soup is standard RH fare in my house. So quick to make, & perfect because of it’s lightness, & savory sweet flavor that starts the first meal off beautifully. Setting the tone for all the other wonderful dishes to come.
It freezes well, but can also be made the day of because of it sheer ease to prepare.
There is a very savory version of this on kosherstreet as well as other great holiday recipes from me – if you would like to try. But below is the tamer more traditional recipe version I make for those guest who are a little less in love with cumin than I am.

Ingredients
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. ginger powder
Kosher salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. curry powder (optional – gives it a more robust savory flavor)
¼ tsp. allspice (optional)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves of fresh garlic minced
4 large carrots, chopped
3-4 Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped
1 large cooking apple
(Granny Smith works well), chopped
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
(water can be substituted)
1 cup water (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot. Add the spices to the hot oil and stir with a
wooden spoon. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add the onions to the hot
spices and mix well to coat. Let the onions cook for about 2 minutes or
until slightly wilted and turning translucent. Then add the garlic & cook for another minute.

Add the chopped carrots, potatoes, and apple to the pot and stir well,
mixing them with the onions. Cover and cook over low heat for about
15 minutes, until softened. Mix occasionally to prevent sticking to the
base of the pot.
Remove pot from heat and add the broth to the vegetables. Using a
hand blender or a food processor, process until smooth. Return pot to
heat, add the water or broth (if you want a thinner soup), and bring the
soup to a boil. Add salt and pepper before serving.